With the Blue Jays adding Michael Saunders to the organization with a minor league deal, is it possible they’re looking at other new free agents who’ve been recently designated for assignment? Have they missed out on a few opportunities?
It’s that time in the baseball calendar when teams start cutting bait with struggling players, as was the case when the Blue Jays designated Jason Grilli for assignment this week.
The Blue Jays snapped up Michael Saunders on a MiLB deal, after he was DFA’d by the Phillies last week. He’ll begin his second tenure with the Blue Jays in Triple-A Buffalo, and he’ll need to prove himself in order to get a shot at the big league roster, one would assume anyway.
Grilli’s departure gives the Blue Jays some added flexibility, especially in the bullpen picture, and they could explore the list of other recently designated players. There are a few notable names, and the Blue Jays have had some luck by giving veterans a new uniform, as was the case with Grilli, and Joaquin Benoit last season.
They’re reportedly somewhat interested in the newly available Miguel Montero, who was let go by the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. It’s unlikely the Jays would be willing to pay the roughly seven million remaining on his contract, but he could be had for a pro-rated minimum, very soon.
The whole situation makes me wonder if there are other names who are available, and/or may fit better on the roster. With that in mind, let’s have a look at the list of some of the recently available big leaguers who are looking for a new team, and a few the Jays may have missed out on, at least via the waiver wire.